I don’t know who said, “The best camera is the one that you have with you.” but it sure is true. Last year I began to really use the camera on my iPhone and it has completely changed the way I take pictures. I have a ‘real’ camera too that I love but in truth, I don’t bring it with me everywhere. My iPhone, though… Well, it is like my right hand. And this means that I have a camera with my all the time. And because of that, I find myself stopping to notice things that might otherwise pass me by.
For example, the car pictured above.
Last week, Katherine and I were leaving her orthodontist’s appointment and this car was parked next to us. I knew I couldn’t leave without taking a picture of it and I’m so glad I did. The whole front of the car was covered in this print and a painted tail wrapped behind the car. Katherine and I spent the ride home trying to guess what would make a person decorate their car in such a way.
Much like writing, taking pictures has become a way for me to journal and to remember. I find when I look back, it is the small stuff like this that I am glad I captured. The ‘big stuff’ tends to stay in my head but the small stuff may fade. With my camera, I can hold on to images and memories that might otherwise have disappeared. For that I am glad.